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Social Media Curation

Social media allows you to scale up a core librarian practice—connecting your community to information and learning--across geographic boundaries, 24/7.  Addressing “curation” as the term is used colloquially, this issue of Library Technology Reports draws from 17 in-depth interviews to show how...

Privacy and Freedom of Information in 21st-Century Libraries

Just as our users’ reading and intellectual pursuits have extended into new media, our intellectual freedom concerns as librarians have long ago expanded well beyond the realm of book censorship alone. As libraries increasingly move beyond provision of print material and into their expanding roles as providers of digital resources and services, intellectual freedom concerns have been magnified as...

Rethinking Library Linking: Breathing New Life into OpenURL

In the Library Technology Report “Rethinking Library Linking: Breathing New Life into OpenURL,” (vol. 46, no. 7), Cindi Trainor and Jason Price provide examples and strategies for improving the usability and functionality of a library's link resolver. Topics covered Include: improving the resolver experience by adding services and streamlining access to fulltext using resolver...

The Concept of Electronic Resource Usage and Libraries

As any librarian knows, libraries of all size and type invest a significant portion of their budgets in the acquisition of electronic resources.  In addition to implementing and administering these resources, ibrarians are responsible for analyzing and demonstrating their cost-effectiveness. In the August/September issue of Library Technology Reports (vol. 46; no. 6), Rachel Fleming-May and Jill...

Hope, Hype and VoIP: Riding the Library Technology Cycle

Texting. The cloud. E-books. Location-based services. Mobile devices, virtual worlds, microblogging, wikis, social media, and so on. What do these things have in common? They have all taken their turn as “the next big thing.” There’s never a been a shortage of up-and-coming library technologies, but while some prove to be revolutionary, others flame out just as quickly. Confusing matters even...

Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE)

If your job involves working with digital content, your need to make sense of interoperable digital information by managing resources with care and quality metadata and by connecting users to resources—and resources to resources—is greater than ever. In the May issue of Library Technology Reports, Michael Witt helps you do just that. If you are an Electronic Resources Librarian, Digital Archivist...

Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library

We live in the age of cell phones, iPads and netbooks, where gadgets are everywhere, and many people use one at nearly every waking moment. The newest gadgets don't often come cheap, and a poor investment can be costly for an institution like a library. In the April issue of Library Technology Reports, eminent blogger and library technology expert Jason Griffey provides a comprehensive guide to...

RDA Vocabularies for a Twenty-First-Century Data Environment

Library data has been designed to be read and interpreted by librarians and users. Although there are some controlled data fields, most of what is in the library catalog entry is text. The machine as user has not gotten a great deal of attention in the library cataloging environment. Now there’s yet another potential user of library data, and that user is the Web and services that function on the...

Understanding the Semantic Web: Bibliographic Data and Metadata

If there is one constant, it is that throughout these nearly two centuries, the modern library has continually transformed itself in an effort to respond to the needs of its contemporary user. Today, we face another significant time of change that is being prompted by today’s library user. This user no longer visits the physical library as his primary source of information, but seeks and creates...

Opening up Library Systems through Web Services and SOA: Hype or Reality?

Over the last few years, Web services and the service-oriented architecture (SOA) have become dominant themes in IT across many industries. Web-based computing, serviceorientation, and cloud computing increasingly displace the client/server approach favored by libraries in the past. In library automation, one major trend involves evolving or rebuilding automation systems to adopt this new...

Digital Storytelling in Practice

The concept of storytelling is older than human history itself. Before the invention of written language, wisdom, knowledge, and information were passed down orally, and often through what would today be considered stories. In one sense, storytelling has always utilized the latest available technology. Some have said that cave paintings and other ancient findings were sometimes used to tell...